Waxing a car preserves that clean and shiny fin- ish and seals its ‘pores’ against dirt, water
vapour, and rust. If water does ‘stick’ on the surface of the car when it rains or when you hose it down, it needs waxing. even if you use a car-washing product that has wax in it, you must still give most cars a thorough waxing at least twice a year.
to avoid scratching the surface and trapping minute particles of dust, always be sure to wash the car before you wax it, no matter how
clean it looks. After applying wax or polymer sealant, use a soft towel to break up the hazy surface by rub- bing in one direction. then switch to a soft, lint-free cloth and rub in the other direction to bring out the shine.
If you drive a dark-coloured car or one with a clear-coat or sensitive lacquer finish, make sure that the cleaners and waxes you use have no abrasives in them. If you are unsure as to whether the finish on your car requires special handling, check your owner’s manual for instructions.
Unless your car came with specif- ic instructions from the manufactur- er, you can choose from a variety of waxes. Here is a closer look at your options:
liquid waxes – these are very easy to use but do not last as long as soft or hard waxes. Liquid wax is excellent for waxing your car after washing it with a wax-free detergent or soap, or for a touch-up between professional waxing.
soft waxes – these are light, fluffy and are very easy to apply and remove. some are mixed with a light
cleaner. However, before using soft waxes be sure to wash the car thor- oughly first. After the car is clean, use the application pads provided. then simply wipe on the wax, fol- lowing the contours of the surface.
hard or paste waxes – these types of waxes provide the most protection and should be used for your semi-annual major wax job.
Always apply it on a small area at a time to avoid letting the wax harden to a point where it is hard to remove. Apply the wax accord- ing to the directions on the can with an applicator or soft, lint-free rag.
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preserv ativ es – products that contain polymer sub- stances, which protect a car more effectively than
wax and for longer periods. they bond with the surface and pre- vent it from fading and oxidizing. At the auto shop, you can buy poly-seal- ants that are easy to apply and are supposed to protect your car for six months to a year.because the waxes that contain cleaners usually contain abrasives, do not use them for every car wash or more often than once a month. In between, use a liquid car cleanser that contains a little wax.